Winnipeg Reading!

Here are the specs, as provided by Ariel Gordon, the lovely Winnipeg poet who organized the event:

Terminal Reading: Booth, Diaz, Coffey & LeTourneau
Date: Thursday, September 9, 7:00 pm
Location: Aqua Books (274 Garry Street, between Graham and Portage)
Cost: FREE

Writers Ian LeTourneau and Sherry Coffey are moving from Alberta to New Brunswick. They’ll be parking the U-Haul in select cities along the way, including Winnipeg.

In an effort to welcome them to the prairies, we’ve provided them with a pair of Winnipeg-writers-named-Jason.

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Jason Booth is a recent graduate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College. His poetry has been published in The Collective Consciousness, the quarterly journal of The Manitoba Writer’s Collective. He resides in Winnipeg with his wife and percolator.

Jason Diaz is a Winnipeg-based writer and stay at home dad. His poetry and prose has been published in dark leisure magazine. He is also a blogger for the THIN AIR blog, Hot Air.

Sherry Coffey was born in Whitehorse. Her writing has been published in magazines, such as Qwerty and Room of One’s Own. Burnt Offerings, a play co-written with Ian LeTourneau, won the nbActs Theatre Festival’s One-Act Play Competition and was produced in 2003. Her novel in progress, A Pattern of Walking, won the Writers Federation of New Brunswick’s David Adams Richards Prize in 2006. And in 2007, she was the recipient of The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, whose jury said the manuscript “eloquently mixes historical events with fiction to carve an imaginative landscape which draws you in.” She lives in Fredericton with her husband and son.

Ian LeTourneau’s poetry has been published in many magazines and anthologies. In 2006, Gaspereau Press published Defining Range, a chapbook of poems, and in 2008, Thistledown published Terminal Moraine, his first full-length collection. He lives in Fredericton.
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“Terminal Moraine is a landmark book. It entertains and ferries readers to the ‘otherworld’ poetry inhabits, but it could also be well-used in writing workshops, as LeTourneau’s poems have much to teach us. Reversals (ie: the tide, time, memory), renewals, and re-ordering predominate, but within these themes there exists great diversity in subject, tone, and form.” – Anna Mioduchowska, Prairie Fire Review of Books

“Letoumeau has a whole lot going on in this slender collection, as he mixes science and art—looking for the soul in the machine, or anywhere, for that matter. [...] Letoumeau, like recent poetic forbears Christopher Dewdney, Tim Lilburn, and Don McKay, is intellectually equipped to go headlong into the scientific world with a philosophical head of steam and a spiritual magnifying glass.” – Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix


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